Aussie World No. 1 Ash Barty has dropped from third to eighth place on Forbes’ list of the highest paid female athletes in the world, which has been released on the eve of the Australian Open.
Revealed earlier this week, tennis players once again dominated as four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka again topped the list of highest paid women’s athletes after earning $ 57.3 million ($ 79.5 million) into 2021, including $ 2. 3 mio. ($ 3.2 million) on the field and $ 55 million. USD ($ 76.3 million) off the track.
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She was followed by Serena Williams ($ 45.9 million – $ 63.7 million) and Venus Williams ($ 11.3 million – $ 15.7 million).
Osaka (12th) and Serena (28th) were the only two women among the 50 highest paid athletes on last year’s list of athletes, while Venus missed out on the top 50 with more than $ 20 million.
While tennis stars have traditionally dominated the list, No. 4 was gymnast Simone Biles, who earned $ 10.1 million. USD (14 million USD), of which 10 mill. USD (13.9 million USD) were connections, golf stars Jin Young Ko (6th) and Nelly Korda (9th), India badminton star PV Sindhu (7th) and basketball player Candace Parker (10th) also came on the list, mainly via connections.
World No. 3 Garbine Muguruza (5th), however, beat Aussie world No. 1 Ash Barty, making her the fifth highest paid tennis star despite another year at the top of the women’s tennis rankings.
Part of the reason for this difference seems to be that Barty withdrew from the rest of the season after the US Open in September, including the $ US14 million ($ A19m) WTA Finals, where she won a $ 5 million ($ 6, 4m) wins. check out at the end of the 2019 campaign.
Muguruza won the WTA final in 2021, but there was a pool of 5 million. USD instead of a premium, as the Spaniard received 2.2 million. USD in his pocket and earned twice as much in support as the Aussie.
In 2019, Barty was not in the top 15 of the highest paid female athletes on the Forbes list, but even though she is the eighth richest female athlete in 2021, she ranks as the fifth tennis player.
In 2020, Barty was third on the list after earning reported $ 13.1 million ($ 18.2 million).
But in 2021, despite winning five titles including the Wimbledon crown, Barty earned £ 6.9m. USD (9.6 million USD), 3.9 million. USD (5.4 million) worth on the field and 3 million. USD (4.2 million USD)) in endorsements.
Forbes made a special remark to Barty’s post about how far women’s sports should still go, writing: “The 25-year-old, who recently signed a sponsorship deal with Marriott Bonvoy, served as a reminder of the pay gaps that still exist in some areas of the sport when she won the Western & Southern Open outside Cincinnati in August. She took home $ 255,220 for the win, while the men’s champion at the same tournament, Alexander Zverev, raised $ 654,815. “
But Barty may be set for another big pay day, as the men’s and women’s players are paid the same at the grand slam tournaments, and the world’s No. 1 favorite to break a 44-year wait for the Aussies to win a hopeful women’s singles title, dating back to Chris O’Neil in 1978.
The winner of the 2022 Australian Open will earn 2.875 million. $ second, while second place will still take 1.575 million. $ with home.
Barty has a brutal draw, including a potential showdown in the fourth round against Naomi Osaka, who has won two of the last three titles at Melbourne Park.
Osaka spoke to the Saturday Herald Sun and paid tribute to Barty.
“For me, what I like best about Ash is that you can see that she’s a hard worker,” she said.
“And it shows her results, of course.
“I really respect how she does not grumble and she plays every single point … you can see she really loves the game.”
Nor was she the only champion who had the expectations of Barty.
2020 winner Sofia Kenin, who Barty tore in equal sets in Adelaide last week, said the Aussie just kept improving.
“She plays better and better for every game, against me she served really well,” Kenin said.
“I was really shocked by that. I can see that she has definitely gotten better and has a lot of confidence.
“She has a great team around her and they do everything right.”
On the list of rich, it was the richest list ever for women, as the top 10 together earned $ 167 million, a jump of 23 percent from last year, beating the previous record of $ 143.3 million in 2013.
The list reflects earnings for the entire calendar year